An unrivalled package and amazing location, the Fernie 11 week snowboard instructor course is tough to beat. Join a group of like-minded people for a season in Canada's Powder Capital. With our award winning coaching plus Fernie's amazing terrain and snowfall your riding will be completely transformed.
Fernie is the ideal place to train as a snowboard instructor. Not only have the best coaches in the industry made it their home but it's unrivalled snow means you'll be riding terrain that you would normally only dream of.
The resort comprises five bowls, with the longest vertical drop in the Canadian Rockies, but it's the massive annual snowfall along with it's the expanse of ungroomed terrain that really sets Fernie apart. You can pick a powder-filled path anywhere within this massive in-bounds area, with a variety of open bowls, tree runs, natural hits and gullies.
We have an amazing team of high level snowboard instructors in Fernie, many of which have been with us since we started back in 2002. They'll spend each week on the slopes with you, and plenty more off it, refining your technique and showing you the very best areas of the mountain.
Of course, we'll also teach you how to pass on your skills to others, in preparation for your CASI Level 1 & 2 instructor qualifications, plus, if you choose to take it, your Level 1 park exam.
Gain your internationally recognised CASI Level 1 & 2 qualifications which set you up for an instructing career. Not everyone comes on a snowboard instructor course to actually become an instructor, and we have the perfect alternative if that's the case.
After completing your Level 1 exams you can join our All Mountain Pro "AMP" program for the remainder of the course. Spend six weeks honing your riding skills, still working towards specific goals, without having to worry about teaching training.
We are proud to run "Community Days" in Fernie. These allow you to get real hands-on instructing experience at the helm of your own lessons. We give under-privileged locals the opportunity to get free equipment hire, lift passes and instruction for a day. This is an amazing experience to have on your CV, useful when you come to applying for your first snowboard instructor job.
Living in the mountains is an awesome experience and, with a bit of guidance, snowboarding is just the beginning! Included in your package you'll get access to More - a program jammed with over 15 extra training courses and weekend activities.
Build and sleep in your own snow cave, go cat-snowboarding and ride pristine fresh powder all day, or build your own snowboard: just three of the activities on offer. Our local course host will also organise a load of social activities, like trips to watch ice-hockey, playing street hockey or trying out curling, quiz nights and night skiing.
We’ve always strived to offer an authentic seasonnaire experience – the best way to do this is to live like a local in one of our downtown houses. Most of our participants stay in a house – we match likeminded housemates together and set you up with your own home for the winter.
The other option is to stay the Red Tree Lodge. Each winter we reserve a limited number of rooms for our 11 week participants who prefer the hotel-style experience. Whether you’re staying in a house or the lodge, you’ll get to enjoy the awesome range of facilities at the Red Tree: bar, restaurant, hot tub, sauna, movie theatre, games room, board tuning room and much more!
You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week. Our full day coaching sessions are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, with Wednesdays and the weekends for free skiing, consolidating what you've learnt and other activities. The maximum group size is 8 people per pro but typically they are even smaller.
Unique to this course - and essential to your instructor career prospects - is a wealth of work experience. If you are serious about an instructor career then this is one of the most valuable parts of the entire course. There are two formats: 1. Shadowing a local instrutor weekly (after you have obtained your level 1) for a half day session. 2. Taking your own real-life lessons as the lead instructor. Our "Community Days" events, enable you to put your newly aquired level 1 instructor qualification to use and teach local families. It's an amazing experience that will look great on your CV/resume and will help you establish a successful career as an instructor.
Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.
You'll get two 90 minute private coaching sessions during the course, one before your Level 1 and another before your Level 2.
You'll be given an 'Instructor Starter Kit' booklet with a directory of ski school contacts, receive seminars on topics such as life as a ski instructor, job application and interview techniques, and be given constant advice from our coaches. Additionally, job interviews with the local ski school are available.
Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.
The package includes the cost of the CASI Level 1 and Level 2 assessment. Please note, if you decide to go down the All Mountain Pro route, the CASI level 2 will not be included but you'll get four additional coaching days instead.
After your Level 1 you can choose to train for your Level 2 qualification or opt for our AMP program.
You'll have the opportunity to gain the following additional qualifications:
You'll be able to get involved with tons of winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey. We'll give you $250 worth of credits to use on the activities of your choice.
You'll be given a season lift pass so you can ski as much as you please. Come out early or stay on after, your lift pass will cover you.
You'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge five days per week. Options include coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, porridge oats, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns or bacon.
Enjoy a three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge four evenings a week. A soup and salad buffet will get you started, followed by healthy and filling main courses such as lasagne, curries, roasts etc. before a tasty desert.
We provide airport transfers from and to Calgary airport at set departure times. Ask us for details so you can co-ordinate your flights. We run a resort shuttle bus with multiple departures 7 days per week.
Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.
Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.
Come out before the course begins or stay on at the end. You'll have a season lift pass so it's just a case of booking extra accommodation.
These things are not included in the package:
We look forward to speaking with you.